The Memphis Tigers and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors are both coming off of nice wins in their respective season finales, and with both of these teams coming into this one in good form, we should be seeing an exciting game on the field this Friday. Although both of these teams have looked good recently, the bookies certainly have a favorite here, with the Tigers currently sitting at about 8.5 point favorites. It is also no surprise that the money keeps flowing in on Memphis as we get closer to game time, so I would look for this spread to approach double digits before this one kicks off.
Memphis Tigers Betting Preview:
The Memphis Tigers have one awesome passing attack putting up nearly 300 yards of passing offense per game this season, and there is no reason to believe they won’t lean on that side of the game plenty in their pursuit of a Hawaii Bowl victory. The main catalyst for that excellent passing attack is freshman QB Seth Henigan who has had himself a season with 3322 passing yards and an outstanding 25-8 TD to INT ratio. However, this will be his first bowl game, so we will have to see how he reacts when the pressure gets turned up a little.
The Tigers have plenty of weapons for Henigan to utilize here, but the main guy to keep an eye on will be Calvin Austin, the third who comes into this matchup with 1149 receiving yards on 74 receptions and 8 TDs. Sean Dykes is another guy who could play a critical role in Friday’s showdown, as the tight end has proven himself quite useful, chipping in with 657 yards and 7 TD’s himself.
This year, the one area that really has hurt the Tigers is their defense, which has allowed 418 yards per game, with their front 7 being a particular issue. I do not think the Memphis Tigers coaches are all that concerned, because I believe they think if they get in a shootout with Hawaii, they will flat out win that battle. Still, it is certainly something to consider when deciding whether or not to lay 8.5 points with a team that has to travel all the way to Hawaii before the game.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Preview:
The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors have a similar profile with a nice passing attack and a defense that certainly leaves something desired. Nevertheless, they are coming off of two nice wins, with the last one coming against Wyoming. That last win is made much more impressive after Wyoming crushed the Kent State Golden Flashes in the Potato Bowl, so they should not be underestimated even though they enter as a decent-sized underdog.
Once again, the Warriors are very similar to the Tigers, with their defense being so poor. They really did show just how bad they can be two games back against the Colorado State Rams, where they somehow managed to allow 651 total yards against a team that finished up the season 3-8. That was also a game in front of their home fans where Colorado had to travel to Hawaii, so it does not look like the travel or atmosphere is bothering their opponents too much, and I do not see why Memphis can’t put up 35+ in this spot.
Chevan Cordeiro will need to keep things clean at the QB position if Hawaii wants to win this bowl game, and with what we have seen so far this year, that is a big if, as the sophomore has thrown 11 picks on the season. The good thing is that he has only thrown 1 interception in his last couple of games and he does not what it is like to be in these bowl games, so hopefully, for Rainbow Warriors fans, that experience pays off with a good effort here on Friday.
Memphis Tigers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Prediction:
I have no idea how the bookmakers came up with this number, but the over 55.5 looks awesome in this spot. These teams both have defenses who are not big fans of getting stops, and both of these offenses have proven they can get the ball in the endzone. I also expect these two teams to focus much more on the passing game as opposed to the running game, so that means we will get plenty of clock stoppages. Look for this one to be an exciting matchup for the neutral viewers and for it easily to get over the 55.5-point total.
Free Betting Pick
Memphis Tigers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Betting Verdict: Over the 55.5-point total
Memphis Tigers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Final Score Prediction: 38-31 Memphis